Mar 062016
 

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East Fife away appeared to be a difficult tie to start the season and so it proved for our young squad. However, the 7-0 scoreline doesn’t tell the whole story of the game and there were plenty of positives that our girls can take from the game.

We started with Louise in goal, Alice, Sarah, Libby and Sasha at the back, Rachel, Katie S, Anna and Catherine across the middle and Michelle and Jasmine up top. Emma and Katie R were the subs.

East Fife started with the wind behind their backs and a lot of the early play was up in our half but when we were getting the ball to our full backs and playing through midfield, we did manage to get the ball up to the forwards, where Michelle and Jasmine were causing the East Fife defence a lot of problems. We created a couple of half chances, with their keeper doing well to hold a free kick from Libbby with Jasmine ready to pounce on any mistake and a long range effort from Anna that had the keeper backtracking to save.

East Fife were creating chances of their own but were being made to work hard for them and when they did manage to break through the defence, Louise was (once again) on great form, saving at the feet of East Fife forwards on three occasions.

The East Fife pressure eventually paid off and they took the lead midway through the first half and got a second goal soon after but our girls heads didn’t go down and we continued to work hard and play the ball out from the back.

Our girls were putting in a lot of hard work but were beginning to tire as the first half was drawing to a close and we lost a couple of goals in the last minute of the first half due to nothing more than fatigue.

Katie R and Emma came on at half time to give us fresh legs and a bit more energy and we started the second half brightly but East Fife were a big strong team. Some of their link up play was very good and the big pitch was making it hard for our midfield to support the forwards as well as getting back to help out the defence. Despite this, the girls stuck to their tasks, their heads didn’t go down and they kept encouraging each other, which doesn’t always happen when things are going against you.

A mistimed tackle from Sasha gave East Fife a penalty but to no ones surprise, Lou dived down to her right and saved the well-struck penalty, before pouncing on the rebound to deny the onrushing attacker.

As in the first half, we began to tire as the match went on and East Fife’s strength eventually began to tell as they went on to score another three goals, making the final score 7-0 but our girls should be proud of their efforts today.

East Fife had a few of the players from last year’s U15 team – one of only two teams to have beaten Monifieth last season – so our young squad should not be downhearted with today’s result. The girls will learn from today and improve as the season goes on and the coaches are very happy with the commitment shown today.

 

Sep 172015
 

Having not played the girls from Forfar Falcons for such a long time last night saw our second match against them in three weeks. It was the Reds’ turn to host their opponents on what turned out to be a beautiful night for football -unlike the horrendous day it was on Saturday.

The Reds turned out yet another strong performance as they eventually overcame a fine Falcons side who yet again played some great one touch passing football and who competed to the very end.

Forfar Falcons 16th September 2016

A few recent games has seen the Reds take some time to get going and last night was no difference as the Falcons got the bit between their teeth from the beginning and pressed to open the scoring. The combination of staunch defending from Libby Forster and Sash Craig with AJ Meach in goal proved yet again very difficult to breach. The Reds managed to withstand this early pressure and then turn things around a bit so that they were on the front foot in the attacking sense. The Reds have been very dangerous from set-plays this year and it was from a corner that they took the lead. Kacey McCabe floated a lovely cross right in to the middle of the box and this was met by Aimee Robertson who rose above everyone to bullet the ball home with a lovely header. The Reds went further ahead when Kacey McCabe scored twice in quick succession. her first goal coming when she dribbled across the face of the Forfar defence before firing in a shot that the keeper couldn’t hold. Her second coming when a lobbed ball in to the box was misjudged by the Forfar keeper who let it skid past her and into the net. The keeper appeared to be distracted by Robertson’s  movement towards the ball .

The Falcons pulled a beautiful goal back just before half-time when Lucy powered through the midfield before cracking a fine strike low past AJ Meach. The Falcons went in at half-time with great belief that they would get themselves back level in the second half.

It was the Reds however who scored the next goal and it was Aimee Robertson who yet again got on the end of a Kacey McCabe corner to crack a header past the Falcon’s keeper. The Reds began to stretch the Falcon’s defence, who were being very well marshalled by Melissa – and they went further ahead when Katie Shaw fired in a  drive that took a fortuitous deflection off a Forfar defender and flew past the wrong-footed keeper. Katie scored a second when a lightning break from the Reds freed her to slide the ball in to the net via the far post. Liberty Whyte finished off the scoring when she picked up a through a ball and drove in on goal before passing the ball high into the net. Great goals from four different players tonight.

Cally Taylor picked up a knock to her knee tonight and had to sit out most of the match because of it. Hopefully she will be able to shake it off for Saturday’s game.

Another valuable three points towards the Reds league position and a strong performance against a very good Forfar side.

 

 

Sep 022015
 

Monifieth Reds U13’s league form has been impressive this year with wins in all their games so far this season however it was clear that this was under threat tonight as they made their way up to Forfar to take on the undefeated Falcons from Forfar Farmington. It has been some time since these two teams have faced each other so it was with great anticipation that the sides lined up at the kick off. Congratulations by the way to the Forfar folks who set up the tea and cake stall that was kept busy before the game started- the Tiffin and Mars Bar cake was something else!

Forfar Falcons away - Sept 2015

Anyway, back to the important stuff…the game kicked off and it saw both teams immediately find their feet against their opponents. Playing uphill the Reds seemed to have most of the early possession and pressed towards the Falcon’s defence however no clear cut chances fell their way as the opposition defence stood firm- it was obvious that this was going to be a tight game The Falcons were very dangerous on the break though and their passing play allowed them to break at speed however the defensive pairing of Libby Forster and Sasha Craig with Cally Taylor in front of them in midfield were in no mood to allow their goal to be breached. The Falcons nearly opened the scoring though when a lightning break saw the ball played across the goal to the striker who with an open goal beckoning slid in to send the ball, it seemed to all watching, into the net. However, AJ Meach displayed the cat-like qualities of goalkeepers past such as Sepp Maier and Peter Bonetti to leap backwards and stop the ball on the line – an incredible save by our outstanding keeper! The Reds though maybe should have taken the lead in the first half had it not been for the alertness of the Falcons’ keeper to thwart Aimee Robertson when she was clean through on goal and to stop efforts from Katie Shaw and Kacey McCabe. Kacey was also very unlucky when a fierce drive came off the post.

The first half flew by and finished 0-0 with both teams competing with each other in a determined yet sporting manner.

The Reds took the initiative in the game right from the start of the second half and with the advantage of playing downhill they began to stretch the Falcons and carve out a number of chances.  The deadlock was broken almost 10 minutes in to the second half when Kacey McCabe picked up the ball on the right side of the Falcons’ box. She drove at the defenders, neatly side stepped them and then crashed in a drive that flew high into the net. A great individual goal from Kacey!

The Falcons raised their game and began to press for the equaliser however the Reds midfield and defence competed superbly and they kept the chances to a minimum.

The Reds were always dangerous though and after Libby Forster hit the bar with a free kick they took a 2-0 lead with another superb goal. Aimee Robertson picked up the ball in her own half and drove at the Falcons, she played it up to Kacey McCabe who held it up then slipped a great ball through into the path of the onrushing Aimee who picked it up and drove at goal, side-stepped the last defender and then sent in a screamer of a  low drive that the keeper couldn’t keep out. Great link up play between Kacey and Aimee and a great strike to finish!

The Falcons kept on fighting for each other and to try to get back in to the game however it was Monifieth’s night tonight with the referee bringing to an end a really tremendous game.

A great performance from our girls who now sit with 27 points from 9 games. Great to win a really important game after the recent disappointments of our exits in both cup competitions.

Huge applause to the each and every one of the Falcons team for their committed and competitive performance tonight – you are a credit to your club.

No doubt the return game at Monifieth will be one to savour but on to the next match for the Reds now though with the chance to consolidate their place near/at the top of the league!

*Apologies for quality of photos. Game too exciting to be taking good shots.

 

Aug 162015
 

The lazy summer break came to an abrupt halt yesterday for Monifieth Reds when they found themselves up against a powerful and competitive Glasgow Girls side in the 4th round of the Scottish Cup at Riverview. This game turned out to be a superb spectacle for girls’ football with some tremendous individual performances in two excellent teams.

The match almost didn’t start in controversial circumstances when it transpired that no referee had been arranged. Hurried arrangements were put in place to ensure that the match could go ahead and that Monifieth wouldn’t forfeit the game which saw Glasgow Girls officials agree to play the play game with the provision that they would referee the match. This meant game on although a ‘real’ referee did turn up in time to take the second half.

From the off Glasgow Girls’ pace, power and precision passing seemed to take Monifieth Reds by surprise and the first few minutes saw them working hard to compete with their very confident and able opponents. It was the Reds however who took the lead when the ball was played from midfield up to Aimee Robertson on the halfway line who quickly turned and drove at the Glasgow defence before unleashing a screamer of a drive that powered into the net.

Glasgow Girls then had a sustained period of pressure that saw them take the lead with two goals that came from chances in the crowded Monifieth box. Glasgow went further ahead when one of their players lashed in a beautiful strike from a free kick that fairly pinged in the back of the net. Monifieth were aggrieved at this though as it was clear that their keeper, AJ Meach, was being impeded by a couple of opposition players just as the free-kick was struck.

Monifieth’s heads did not go down though and their determination to compete was evident as they pressed to get back in the game however half-time saw the score at 3-1 to Glasgow.

The second half saw tactical changes from both sides with Libby Forster being moved in to midfield for the Reds. This move helped change the game in favour of the home team and they gradually became the equal of their excellent opponents if not the slightly more dominant side as they pressed to get back in the game. Aimee Robertson and Kacey McCabe pressed the opponents defence at every opportunity, Liberty Whyte, Katie Shaw and Cally Taylor played tenaciously, Sasha Craig gave a stalwart defensive performance and AJ Meach stood firm in the face of a number of dangerous Glasgow attacks.

The game ended up on a knife-edge when Monifieth pulled a goal back. A foul on the competitive Libby Forster presented the Reds with a free-kick from almost 25 yards out. Aimee Robertson lined it up and fired in a fierce drive from the dead ball that flew towards goal only to be clawed away by the Glasgow keeper in to the path of Katie Shaw who was quickest to pounce and fire the ball home – 3-2 and game on!

The final 15 minutes were hugely exciting with parents from both clubs sportingly caught up in the competition they were watching. It must be said that some our friends from Glasgow had made some wrong decisions about clothing for their trip to ‘sunny’ Monifieth on the day however the excitement of the match had them all warmed up! 🙂

Although the Reds pressed and pressed for an equaliser with efforts off the bar by Libby Forster and two great chances taken off the toe of Kacey McCabe and a goal line block from Aimee Robertson that ended up in an old-fashioned goal mouth stramash the Glasgow team, and in particular their defence, stood firm and held out to the final whistle and passage in to the quarter-finals.

We wish Glasgow Girls all the very best for their next match in the Scottish Cup.

Huge applause though to the girls from Monifieth Reds whose performance possibly didn’t merit a defeat and whose Scottish Cup journey this year has been very exciting.

Match report from independent reporter from Youth Football Scotland can be accessed here.

Jun 202015
 

The teams head out to the pitch

Today’s League Cup Final vs Bayside Girls took place at Riverside in Dundee and it proved to be an exciting, but in the end, disappointing day for Monifieth Reds U13. Having won every one of their matches so far this year it was with great confidence that they prepared themselves for today’s match however it was Bayside Girls whose passing game and pressure play up front that enabled them to win the day and lift the trophy with a fine 5-2 victory. (photos here and here)

Defeat for the Reds appeared to be an unlikely outcome at the beginning of the match when they looked to be the team on top. They nearly took the lead when Aimee Robertson headed against the post from a flighted corner however it wasn’t long before the deadlock was broken when Aimee did find the net with a smashing drive from the edge of the box that flew past the more than competent Bayside keeper. Bayside however were undaunted by this and ably led by their diminutive but very able striker they began to pressure the Reds’ defence with AJ Meach being called in to action to keep her team in front, with one particularly brilliant tip past the post.

The Reds kept pressing however and a second goal came their way when Katie Shaw was quickest to a loose ball that had been spilled by the keeper after a shot from Kacey McCabe to knock the ball in to the net. 2-0 to the Reds! This lead was halved almost immediately though when the Bayside striker jumped on to a slip in the Reds’ midfield to run straight through on goal and stick the ball in the corner to get her team back in the game. Both teams pushed and prodded to get another goal however at half-time the score remained 2-1 to the Reds.

The second half saw Bayside get more and more in to the match as their passing game became more evident. Their striker was showing how to play that role in a team very well with movement and passing that continually brought in her team-mates. This play led to an equaliser when great passing and movement  from Bayside’s  front players presented their striker with another chance and she hit a lovely finish in to the corner with the outside of her foot. The Reds were now in a game and they kept pressing however it was Bayside who extended their lead when their main striker bagged a third and then set up one of her team-mates to fire the ball home for a fourth goal. The scoring was brought to an end when one of the Reds’ players couldn’t get out of the way of the ball in the box and cannoned it in to her own net!

The final whistle sounded to the delight of Bayside Girls and their traveling supporters as they celebrated a 5-2 victory. The Reds were understandably disappointed and dejected after having had such a good season up until now only to face their first defeat in a Cup Final.

Congratulations to Bayside Girls from all at Monifieth Ladies FC for winning the cup and to our girls for their performance today and their performances so far this season. You are a credit to our club and will only learn from today’s experience.

On to the next match…

(Relive the match by listening to it via David Noble’s commentary that is being hosted on the rather excellent Edutalk site.)

Jun 102015
 
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Heads or tails?

Monifieth Reds U13 go into the hat for the 4th round draw of the Scottish Cup after a tense victory on penalties tonight against a very good Real Fife team. The Reds gave a dogged performance this evening and although their passing game was not at its best their determination and will to win eventually pulled them over the line against their opponents from across the River Tay who moved and passed the ball well all night. (Photos – very few, battery flat!)

The match was a very scrappy affair with both teams giving as good as they got for the first 15 minutes but it was the Reds who went ahead when Aimee Robertson was quickest in the box to flick the ball home after Real’s keeper had parried a shot. Undaunted by this Real moved upfield and equalised almost immediately when some lovely one touch passing enabled their striker to go through on goal and pass the ball in to the net. Game on! The Reds then had a ‘goal’ disallowed when the Real keeper spilled an angled drive from Aimee Robertson. It spun on the ground and high above the Real keeper well over the line before she scooped it out but the referee shouted play on and decided not to give the goal. If goal line technology is good enough for the English Premiership then it’s good enough for the U13 girls Scottish Cup! 🙂 After that incident both teams pressed to pull ahead but the match ended up 1 -1 at half-time.

The Reds got their passing game gong at the start of the second half and they pulled ahead when Katie Shaw got on the end of a pass across goal from Liberty Whyte to side foot the ball in to net. The Reds pressed for much of the second half but Real always looked dangerous and they deservedly equalised when one of their players ran through to drive a left foot shot in to the Reds’ net. Now at 2-2 the match could go any way! Although the Reds pressed and pressed they couldn’t quite get that goal to win the tie and in fact it was AJ Meatch who kept her side in the tie at the death when she stopped a drive from close range and then watched it squirm past the post. Phew!!!

The final whistle arrived and it meant that another 30 minutes extra-time had to be played! Both teams again pressed and pressed for the breakthrough however no matter how hard they tried the deadlock could not be broken, 2-2 it was, now penalties!

It was as huge relief to have Kacey McCabe, Liberty Whyte and Libby Forster score their penalties and the rock of AJ Meatch in goal saving three of Real Fife’s penalties meant progress in the cup for the Reds.

Sincere congratulations to the players and coaches from Real Fife who performed admirably this evening. We wish them all the best for the remainder of the season but as for the Reds they await the cup draw for the next round with anticipation.

 

May 242015
 

Monifieth Reds U13 made it through to their first ever cup final after a convincing semi-final victory up in Forfar against the Flyers from Forfar Farmington. Their desire to make it through to the final, and in so doing keep up their excellent record so far this season, was clear to see as they yet again gave a performance based on a passing game that was complemented by great determination and team work. (See images here.)

The Reds reach their first ever cup final!

The Reds reach their first ever cup final!

The Reds were on the front foot yet again from the kick off and they hemmed the Flyers in to their own half for much of the early part of the game. A goal was on the cards and it came when Aimee Robertson was quickest to the loose ball in the box from a corner and she poked the ball home. Hungry to push further ahead another goal arrived when after some great goalkeeping kept out a fierce strike from our marauding centre back Libby Forster, Liberty Whyte picked up the rebound and sent a drive past the keeper – 2-0 to the Reds. The goal of the game arrived a few minutes later: Sasha Craig, who played superbly all game, picked up the ball in defence and bounded forward. She fired in a lovely cross field ball that was beautifully flicked on by the head of Aimee Robertson in to the path of Katie Shaw who calmly controlled the ball, rounded the keeper and passed the ball home. A cracking goal in build up and execution! A fourth goal arrived when Kacey McCabe drove down the left hand side before cutting in to the box and then passing the ball home – a great end to the half for the Reds!

Playing down the slope in the second half the Reds had the Flyers under more pressure from the start and a fifth goal came and what a beauty this was as well! A super throw out from our keeper AJ Meach went out to Aimee Robertson on the wing who then drove in to the Flyers’ half before firing in a cracking cross that was met by Leah Malone at the back post whose stretching leg dispatched the ball first time in to the net – Reminiscent of Gary Linekers World Cup goal in 1986! A sixth goal duly arrived when a period of constant pressure resulted in Katie Shaw clipping a shot high into the net from a tight angle. The scoring came to an end when a Flyers’ defender knocked the ball in to her own net when placed under pressure by the Reds’ attackers.

Great performances from everyone in the team including those not yet mentioned: Cally Taylor who competed so hard in midfield and who helped to break up attacks and then start our own and Niamh Miller who worked the Forfar defence with her movement!

A great victory for the Reds but commiserations to Flyers who fought all match and gave their all for each other. Thanks go to their coach also for the kind words of congratulation and encouragement he gave us at the end of the match.

Now on to the final for Monifieth Reds. Playing a passing game with such pace and with the threat of goals from across the team the Reds must be in with a shout of lifting the trophy. On they go to their next match now but with a distant eye on their final against Bayside Girls!

May 202015
 

An undefeated Monifieth Reds U13 made their way through to Meggetland in Edinburgh last Saturday to take on the challenge of playing Boroughmuir Thistle in the 2nd round of the Scottish Cup. Blustery conditions were afoot and there was the slight concern that this might impact on the Reds’ passing game however this proved not to be the case as the girls put in another very competent performance resulting in a convincing 11-2 victory against their hosts. See photos here.

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Great team performance resulting in some great goals.

Playing against the wind in the first half the Reds immediately pressed forward and put the Jags on the back foot and it wasn’t long until the deadlock was broken. A flighted corner from Katie Shaw found the head of Aimee Robertson who looped a header over the keeper and into the net. Some really great link up play from defence to front led to some more goals beginning with Katie Shaw who drove down the left hand side and passed the ball in to the near corner. Some beautiful passing between Liberty Whyte, Kacey McCabe and Aimee Robertson carved open the Jag’s defence creating the space for Aimee to pass the ball in to the net with ease. Great football leading to that goal! Liberty then got herself on the score sheet when she picked up on a through ball, outstripped the home defence and then clinically fired home. The ever dangerous Kacey McCabe added a fifth just before half time when she crashed home from inside the box. A great first half with calm goalkeeping, stalwart defending, creative midfield play and goals across the attacking line. All girls playing a valuable and effective role in pushing the team forward.

The Reds capitalised further in the second half when playing with the wind they pushed the Jags back for most of the half adding another six goals into the bargain. A further two goals from both Aimee Roberston and Kacey McCabe, another one from Liberty Whyte and an unfortunate own goal by the Jags closed the scoring for Monifieth Reds. The Jags pushed forward when they could and they scored two very good goals that our stand-in keeper Sasha Craig could do nothing about.

Now on to the next round for our ever-improving team of girls. Thanks to our friends from Boroughmuir Thistle for making us feel so welcome on the day and best wishes to them for the rest of the season.

Oct 302014
 

Final game of season found the blues away to champions Forfar . Playing superbly the blues gave the champions a great game and one of their toughest matches of the season. Having worked hard in training during the week the blues used all their skill energy and enthusiasm to match the Forfar team all over the pitch. With Roxanne superb in goal, and Katie Leah strong in defence Forfar struggled against Monifieth Christie and Emma combined well in midfield and Chloe and Stephanie worked well up front.

When subs Kyna, Alyx, Jessica d and Jessica g coming on at different stages during the match the blues provided a very difficult test for Forfar. Goals from Forfar did come though from set pieces  and the high ball clearance from the goal keeper and Forfar won the game.

Congratulations to Forfar for winning the league as they have been the best team throughout the year.

Monifieth blues though have improved immensely throughout the season and it has been an absolute pleasure to coach this team throughout the year. The attitude and sportswomanship of all the players has been superb throughout the season. This was exemplified recently when training was cancelled due to inclement weather caused a near mutinous revolt from the players demanding a training session.

Parents/guardians  should be very proud of the girls in the team.

Report by G. Mearns

Sep 022014
 

The latest encounter between our two U13 teams, Monifieth Reds and Monifieth Blues took place on a beautiful late summer evening at Dundee International Sport Centre. The Blues had strengthened with a number of new players over recent months and they were very keen to notch up an improved result against their younger rivals whereas the Reds were looking to capture another three points to add their current league tally of 15.

The game began with the Reds camping in the Blues half and dominating the possession. The Blues defended resolutely though and they managed to close the space down and limit the Reds to a couple of half chances. The Reds left themselves open to a counter attack though and in their first attack the Blues took the lead when a shot deflected in to the path of Chloe Finnegan who controlled the ball before poking it into the net. The Reds pressed forward to equalise and their passing play paid off when a chance fell to Liberty Whyte and she did not miss it. 1-1 and game on. The Blues were up for the challenge though and they took the lead a few minutes later when a corner managed to work its way across the face of the Reds’ goal and the resulting scramble saw Emma Howie dispatch the ball into the net to put her side 2-1 up! The lead didn’t last long though as the Reds equalised in a similar fashion to their first effort but this time it was Katie Shaw who got her team back level. Half-time and the score sat at 2-2 with the Blues the much happier of the teams.

The Reds came out for the second half and they immediately took a grip of the game. Some great link up play throughout the team  saw them apply constant pressure on the Blues rearguard and it wasn’t long before they took the lead with a peach of a goal. The ball was played out wide to Aimee Robertson whose active touch allowed her to drive past the Blues defender before unleashing a screamer of a strike from distance that flew across the goal and high into the far top corner. Wow! A fourth and a second for Robertson arrived minutes later when some nice footwork freed her in the box and with only the Roxy Stenson in goal for the Blues to beat she passed it into the corner to put the Reds 4-2 up. Libby Forster then added a fifth and what a screamer this was too. She drove down the right side, beat two defenders before hitting a beautiful and powerful drive that flashed high in to the net. Wow again! The Reds were now pressing for more goals and another two came via the boot of Katie Shaw: one lofted shot that sailed over the head of the Blues keeper and then a lovely finish that involved some great footwork in the goalmouth before firing home to put her team 7-2 up.

Although the Reds were eventual  worthy winners the Blues displayed a great competitive edge and their first half display was very strong. Special mention must be made of Roxy Stenson in the Blues goal who pulled off three excellent saves in the second half.

Both teams move on to their next match with lots of positives to take from tonight’s game.